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Animal Crackers Plain and Frosted

Just like those animal crackers you loved as a kid. You can keep them plain or put the pretty pastel coating and sprinkles on them. Addictive.
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 48 or more *see note below.



  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Princess Cake and Cookie Flavor , or ½ teaspoon vanilla and ¼ teaspoon each of almond and orange extracts
  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup finely ground old fashioned oats , not the quick or instant kind


  • 3 cups candy coating such as Wilton Melts. Use your favorite colors or get white and color with oil based candy coloring.
  • 2 tablespoons white vegetable shortening (I know, I know but it's only a tiny bit and you really do need it)
  • Sprinkles


  • Cookies
  • Beat together the butter, sugar, honey, salt, baking soda, and flavoring until completely combined and smooth.
  • Mix the flour and the ground oats.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until smooth.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Lightly grease baking sheets, use parchment, or Silpat.
  • Take the dough out of the refrigerator and place it on a floured counter.
  • Roll ¼ inch thick.
  • Flour the cookie cutters and then cut the cookies.
  • Place on baking sheets.
  • Put the cut cookies in the freezer for 30 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Longer baking time will result in crisper cookies but watch them carefully!
  • Remove the sheets from the oven and let the cookies cool for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to rack to cool completely.


  • Melt the candy coating and vegetable shortening (stir often!) in the microwave until smooth.
  • Push each cookie upside down into the melted coating.
  • Lay coating side up on the cookie sheet and add sprinkles.
  • Let set.


Yield varies depending on the size of your cookie cutters. You can find out the exact values by dividing the following numbers by the number of cookies you got out of the recipe: Total calories: 5900....Total Fat: 339.5...Total Carbs: 655.1